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Stories of Suffering and Transformation

Stories are powerful. They allow us to connect with one another and share ideas in a way that facts and figures sometimes can’t. At Mind Medicine Australia, we encourage members of our community to share their stories. The two stories below were shared with great courage to support change.

Vanessa & Franco’s Story

We first connected with Vanessa when she was trying to find a way for her husband Franco to access psilocybin-assisted therapy for his severe treatment resistant depression.

Tragically, they ran out of time and he died by suicide in late 2021.

Vanessa bravely shared her sad and powerful story with Australia, when she wrote a letter to our Prime Minister and her local member of parliament Anthony Albanese and shared it publicly. She also shared this story at events and joined Professor David Nutt when he presented to the TGA in November 2022.

Dr Brian Walker MLC’s Story

Dr Brian Walker MLC lost his son in early 2023. He bravely shared his story to ask the TGA to reschedule MDMA & psilocybin – which they did in 2023.

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